Saturday, December 10, 2005

The Son He Barely Knows

His name is Reggie Bush Sr., a fleet-footed running back at Hawthorne High in 1982-83. He is the biological father of Saturday's probable Heisman winner. Unable to work since hurting his back in a 1990 car accident, the 40-year-old collects an $800 monthly disability check from the government and lives with roommates in a neighborhood where steel bars protect storefront windows from theft and vandalism. His role in his now-famous son's life has been limited for various reasons, and he watched on TV as Reggie dazzled 92,000 fans last weekend.

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